C.M.Naim 's essays in the book Urdu Texts and Contexts are written against the grain,offer fresh perspectives on diverse Urdu texts vital to the cultural history of India,and on the equally diverse literary,social, and performative contexts historically identified with the Urdu language in South Asia and beyond.. Significantly ,several of these essays deal with texts that are usually not considered a part of the Urdu literary canon e.g.,an autobiographical fragement by a school mistress born in 1840,transvatic verses written by men disguised as women,and anonymous jokes about Emporer Akbar and his favourite jokester ,Birbal. while some essays essays offer close readings of literary texts, most explore the dialectic relationship between Urdu texts and their varying cultural and political contexts e.g.,public performances,the state patronage of literature,the nature of political propaganda,patriarchal Muslim society in India, and so on.Text and Contexts is thus a method for exploring some of the major themes of indian cultural history,specifically in relation to the domains of the literary creation and reception.
عارفہ شہزاد. (2017) سی ایم نعیم کی تنقیدی معروضات, Bazyaft, Vol 30- 31, Issue 1.